A Concise History of Japan

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Cambridge University Press, 26.2.2015
To this day, Japan's modern ascendancy challenges many assumptions about world history, particularly theories regarding the rise of the west and why the modern world looks the way it does. In this engaging new history, Brett L. Walker tackles key themes regarding Japan's relationships with its minorities, state and economic development, and the uses of science and medicine. The book begins by tracing the country's early history through archaeological remains, before proceeding to explore life in the imperial court, the rise of the samurai, civil conflict, encounters with Europe, and the advent of modernity and empire. Integrating the pageantry of a unique nation's history with today's environmental concerns, Walker's vibrant and accessible new narrative then follows Japan's ascension from the ashes of World War II into the thriving nation of today. It is a history for our times, posing important questions regarding how we should situate a nation's history in an age of environmental and climatological uncertainties.
 

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Writing Japanese History
1
The Birth of the Yamato State 14500 bce 710 ce
10
The Courtly Age 7101185
26
The Rise of Samurai Rule 11851336
44
Medieval Japan and the Warring States Period 13361573
66
Japans Encounter with Europe 15431640
83
Unifying the Realm 15601603
102
Early Modern Japan 16001800
124
Meijis Discontents 18681920
179
The Birth of Japans Imperial State 18001910
201
Empire and Imperial Democracy 19051931
218
The Pacific War 19311945
240
Japans PostWar History 1945Present 261 283
261
Natural Disasters and the Edge of History
283
Glossary
305
Index
323

The Rise of Imperial Nationalism 17701854
143
Meiji Enlightenment 18681912
159

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Brett L. Walker is Regents Professor and Michael P. Malone Professor of History at Montana State University, Bozeman. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2013 for his work on global environmental history. He studies environmental history, the history of human health, and the history of science, particularly as they relate to Japan. He investigates how nature has imposed its way onto the human past, as well as how humans have sliced, burned, extracted and engineered their needs and desires onto Earth and its living organisms. He is the author of The Conquest of Ainu Lands: Ecology and Culture in Japanese Expansion, 1590800, The Lost Wolves of Japan, and Toxic Archipelago: A History of Industrial Disease in Japan. Recently, he co-edited Japan at Nature's Edge: The Environmental Context of a Global Power.

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